The dashing opener has a big reputation in white-ball cricket, but it’s a different story in Tests.
The former Australia captain enjoyed a remarkable series in England, scoring a total of 774 runs in just seven innings.
Test cricket might be alive and kicking, but the batsmen really aren’t pulling their weight.
But the famous urn is still going to Australia again.
With two full days of play to come and the weather in London set fair, the home side appear certain to pull level at 2-2.

When the sandpaper dust settles, make Smith skipper again – legends

Various former Australian cricket stars are in agreement about a subject that will remain prickly.

Australia hungry to seal Ashes win in ‘grand final’

The tourists have already retained the urn after winning the fourth Test at Old Trafford to take a 2-1 lead, but want to win the series.

Langer defends Australia’s Ashes celebrations

Steve Smith allegedly mocked the bespectacled Jack Leach, who has become a bit of a cult hero for England.

Afghanistan equal Australia record with Test thrashing of Bangladesh

The Afghans defied rain and fading light to take the one-off Test.

Smith is ‘best player I’ve seen’, says Australia captain Paine

The dynamic batter has played a major part in the Aussies retaining the Ashes.

Smith ‘a genius’ after Ashes double ton – Ponting

Smith has taken his game to a new level since returning from a 12-month ball-tampering ban this year.

Sparkling Smith and the Klerksdorp boytjie do it again for Aussies

First day of the fourth Ashes Test dogged by freakish weather.

England great Anderson out of the Ashes

England’s all-time leading wicket-taker has not bowled in the series since breaking down with a calf injury in the first Test.

Fried chicken and chocolate bars fuel Stokes’s Ashes fireworks

An interesting recipe for the England star.

‘Unbelievable’: Superhero Stokes hails breathtaking third Ashes Test triumph

The 28-year-old left-handed batsman’s five-and-a-half hour innings was a brilliantly paced mix of defence and aggression.

Six-wicket Archer doesn’t always feel need for speed

The 24-year-old Barbados-born son of an English father said conditions in Leeds dictated why he bowled fewer short balls than at Lord’s.

Paine plays down Archer fear factor, backs Warner

He was unconcerned about Warner’s lack of form, which has seen the left-hander score only 18 runs in four innings.

Aussies crippled by Smith blow before third Ashes Test

Smith, whose two centuries in the first Test were pivotal in Australia taking a 1-0 lead, is still suffering concussion symptoms.

Mandatory neck guards ‘not far away’ after Smith drama

Australia have been at the forefront of pressing for better safety measures after the death of Phillip Hughes.




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